The San Francisco-based non-profit, Princess Project, is asking women throughout the Bay Area to donate their previously-worn formal dresses to give underprivileged high school girls a chance to feel like princesses at their proms this year.
Dress and accessory donations are being accepted through March 3 at several drop-off locations throughout the Peninsula and the South Bay (see below).
The Princess Project provides new and nearly new prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who could otherwise not afford the outfits. Since 2002, more than 18,000 girls have received complimentary prom outfits and accessories through the non-profit's dress giveaway events.
"It's so easy to make a huge impact on girls' lives simply by taking on the annual spring cleaning chore," Princess Project publicist Tara Blazona said.
In advance of next month's dress giveaway events, the organization is looking for dresses of all lengths, sizes, fabrics and colors. Dresses should be in excellent condition and be dry-cleaned before donation. Shoes are not accepted.
More information can be found at princessproject.org.
Peninsula/South Bay Drop Off Locations:
--Dropoff hours between 9am-5:30pm
100 Terminal Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Burlingame Parks & Recreation Dept.
850 Burlingame Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94101
Selix – Campbell (Store #276)
824 East Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008
Selix – Palo Alto (Store #263)
164 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Selix – San Mateo (Store #264)
30 East 3rd Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401
1150 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066
The Princess Project is also recruiting volunteers for to assist with the dress giveaway. Organizers say there a number of opportunities available, including helping set up for the events and volunteering at the giveaways themselves.
Volunteers during the dress giveaways and boutiques MUST be women, 18 years or older, and cannot be in high school. To sign up to volunteer, visit: http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/6723456348611160126
--Bay City News contributed to this story.